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Trump blames Schumer for prolonging shutdown amid immigration deal impasse

27 January 2018, 07:18 | Colleen Roy

DREAMers seek family protection following White House immigration proposal

White House Deal: Dreamer Protection for Immigration Crackdown

On Thursday, Trump proposed legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for as many as 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants in exchange slashing legal immigration, his beloved wall, and a crackdown on other undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the new White House immigration deal for some "Dreamers" actually "represents a compromise that members of both parties can support".

Two dozen immigrants who came to the United States illegally will be in attendance Tuesday when President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress. They want to limit family considerations when visas are awarded to just parents and children who are minors, and they also want to completely end the visa lottery system. One certain bargaining chip, Trump said, will be congressional funding for border security, including a wall along the USA southern border. "I look forward to further conversations in the House about how we can continue to reform our broken immigration system". "I think we have an opportunity here to provide for DACA fix, but also provide security that I think Americans want".

Giving immigrants many things to worry about has been a top priority of the Trump administration, and Thursday's deportation threat is more evidence that the White House sees the 690,000 young people who benefit from DACA as a bargaining chip, not as 690,000 people with lives, jobs, homes, and families. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said it held Dreamers "hostage to a hateful anti-immigrant scheme" and accused the Trump administration of a campaign "to make America white again".

Groups that oppose allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. also voiced criticism, and urged Congress to take its time.

However, it does not include the Obama-era DACA programme, which the Democrats had originally demanded funding.

The White House's portrayal of the framework as a broad-based compromise is likely to face skepticism on Capitol Hill, where immigration reform has always been contentiously disputed. During consideration of the resolution, an amendment to remove the paragraph regarding establishment of a "path to legal status" failed in a ballot vote of 51-48 percent.

- Immediately deport illegal immigrants who cross the southern or northern border even if they are not from Mexico or Canada.

And for entirely different reasons, the framework was also torn apart by immigration hawks and restrictionist groups, who panned it as a self-defeating giveaway to Democrats.

"I do not believe we should be granting a path to citizenship to anybody here illegally".

Trump's impromptu comments signaled a major breakthrough, said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the lead lawmakers in the immigration negotiations.

"It's a letdown because if this were the end result after fighting in Congress and you had to either take this or nothing, I don't know, I can't say that I would definitely say no", he said. The plan calls for a reallocation of the green card lottery visas to help expedite processing, but immigration skeptics warn that it could be a decade or more before the backlog is cleared.

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